Reports Report 4094e (Event 4094-2018)

Name Steve C
Experience Level 5/5
Remarks A most unusual event. It's possible it could have been falling space debris - considering how slow it was going and how it broke apart. Never changing altitude about 15 deg above horizon when traveling southwest to northwest. Observed through a manually tracking C11 at 80x for at least 30 seconds.
Address Twentynine Palms, CA
Latitude 34° 8' 54.71'' N (34.148531°)
Longitude 115° 56' 48.19'' W (-115.946719°)
Elevation 551.203m
Time and Duration
Local Date & Time 2018-10-11 01:20 PDT
UT Date & Time 2018-10-11 08:20 UT
Duration ≈45s
Moving direction From left to right
Descent Angle 90°
Facing azimuth 270.2°
First azimuth 228.99°
First elevation 15°
Last azimuth 299.33°
Last elevation 15°
Brightness and color
Stellar Magnitude -6
Color Orange, Yellow
Concurrent Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Delayed Sound
Observation No
Remarks -
Persistent train
Observation Unknown
Duration -
Length -
Remarks -
Terminal flash
Observation No
Remarks -
Observation Yes
Remarks Gradual fragmentation when observed looking southwest, by the time it was northwest it had greatly fragmented and faded slightly. Observed through a C11 at 80x, bright orange and gold fragments leaving a ionization trail behind that.